Game Recap: Pistons End Road Trip With An Impressive Win

 

After losing three straight games on their western road trip, the Pistons entered the Staples Center Sunday night in dire need of a win.  Through excellent offensive play from Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris, Detroit was able to cap off the road trip with an impressive 102-97 win over the Lakers.

The Lakers struggled to earn any efficient scoring from their starters as their bench outscored the starting five  57-40.  Los Angeles jumped out to an early 31-23 lead as well but due to an energetic and gritty second quarter effort on Detroit’s part, the halftime score gave the Pistons a two-point advantage.  Off the bench, Lou Williams led the way for the Lakers in scoring with 27 points on 7-14 shooting.  The match-up was pretty back and forth throughout the second half but the Lakers 14 turnovers made it incredibly difficult for them to walk out of their home arena in the winning column.

The Pistons starting five did their job Sunday night when they scored a combined 81 points.  Andre Drummond abused the abysmal Lakers front court dropping 15 points and securing 17 rebounds over them. Detroit did a very nice job of limiting their mistakes as they only committed 7 turnovers.  In the fourth quarter when the Pistons needed some immediate scoring, Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris were the ones to step up.  With 30 seconds left and the shot clock near expiration, Tobias Harris hit a corner three that ultimately put the team up 4 points.  Many fans called this shot the “dagger”.

The Lakers fall to (15-30) on the season while the Pistons improved to (19-24).  Detroit will play host to the Atlanta Hawks (23-17) Wednesday night.  

 

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